Saturday Morning Flashback

Saturday Mornings at 8:00am

Ah, the days of colored vinyl! (photo: W.Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1983 [Playlist]

You have to be of a certain age to recall listening to “Rock Over London” and its effervescent host, Graham Dene. I was working the 10 pm – 2 am shift at XRT, and it [...]


Still an intriguing work of art and notable Chicago landmark. (photo: W. Rice)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1967 [Playlist]

After Saturday’s show, I was inspired to take a stroll and visit an old friend: our giant Picasso. I was just a kid when it was unveiled, but I remember that the reception was not [...]


Bassist Paul Simenon of The Clash performs at The Rainbow Theatre, London during the group's 'White Riot' tour, 14th May 1977.  (Photo by Chris Moorhouse/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1977 [Playlist]

In the year that Elvis died at Graceland, rock & roll began to evolve – growing louder, angrier, more invigorating, while disco gained momentum with the December release of Saturday Night Fever, and Fleetwood Mac’s [...]


(from the XRT Archives)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1974 [Playlist]

The first WXRT Listener Poll was conducted in 1973, but it seems no one had the foresight to save a copy of the results, so the 1974 survey – pictured here – is the first [...]


photo: Getty Images

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1980 [Playlist]

Ronald Reagan, Rubik’s Cube, CNN, Pac Man, the U.S. Olympic hockey team, J.R. Ewing, Mt. St. Helens, John Lennon. Music highlights included albums from Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, Elvis Costello, the [...]


photo: W. Rice

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1993 [Playlist]

Among the many highlights of the year was the release of our very first fundraising collection of rare musical treats, On XRT: Live From the Archives Volume 1, which included live performances from The Replacements, [...]


(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1977 [Playlist]

In the year that saw the death of the King, music was re-energized. Debut releases from artists like Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, the Clash, and others offered an invigorating challenge to the predictable mainstream rock bands of the mid-70s.


(Photo Credit: Danny Clinch)

Saturday Morning Flashback: 1980 [Playlist]

The 1980 “Miracle on Ice” has been mentioned more than a few times during coverage of the Sochi Games, and for good reason. That semi-final match pitting U.S. collegiate underdogs against the mighty Soviet Union [...]



Flashback: The Making of “I’m Not In Love” by 10cc [Listen]

Johnny Mars will be behind the board for Saturday Morning Flashback — 1977. He just dropped my a line saying he’s going to give a spin to 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love,” early in the show. This is a track full of 70s studio magic and worth checking out in more detail.

If you have a few free minutes, watch this short documentary on the making of the song below and how the band used vocal loops the create the breathy atmosphere that makes this recording so unique.



Saturday Morning Flashback: 5/11/13 [Playlist]

Next week: 1983 This Week’s Playlist: 1992 Song – Artist Steam – Peter Gabriel Love – The Sundays Friday I’m in Love – The Cure Beneath the Damage and the Dust – Peter Himmelman Saturday [...]



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